Published Sep 17, 2018Joaquin Phoenix is the latest Hollywood star to step into the role of Batman's nemesis the Joker in an upcoming Todd Phillips-directed origin film, and the first look at him in character has now arrived.
The director shared a photo of Phoenix as the Joker via Instagram, but it doesn't show the iconic Batman villain in his usual kooky colourful suit and clown make-up. Rather, it depicts Phoenix simply as "Arthur," and sees the actor donning longer-than-usual hair and wearing a relatively reserved green jacket.
Aptly titled Joker, the film is expected to take a more experimental approach than previous DC blockbuster offerings. It's described as an "exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale."
Phillips co-wrote the film with Scott Silver (The Fighter, 8 Mile). In addition to Phoenix as the title character, it also features performances by Robert De Niro, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron and Zazie Beetz.
Joker hits theatres on October 4, 2019.
Check out the first look at Phoenix's latest character below.
UPDATE (9/21, 2:10 p.m. EDT): A short video clip revealing the Joker's make-up has now been unveiled. Take a look below.